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Hilary Cotton

Hilary Cotton

Senior Consultant

I am an executive coach and training consultant developing leaders and teams through training, coaching and facilitation. I’ve worked extensively on developing women in leadership. I’m tremendously keen to see more women in management programmes, training and development.

My background is in the Civil Service, starting as a mathematician and researcher on trends in global sea level. I moved into consultancy in 1988 and have had the privilege to coach and train for great clients, including DFID, the Cabinet Office, Friends of the Earth, OFGEM and the NHS.

More recently I’ve been designing, leading and facilitating programmes across all sectors – supporting new CEOs as they make the transition to top management, facilitating action learning sets as part of the ‘Leaders Unlimited’ programme and delivering e-learning for doctors in training on patient safety and effective teamwork.

I got to know AOD in 2006. Of course AOD’s evidence base really appeals to the researcher in me and I’ve enjoyed working in depth on the Team Journey materials as well as introducing team based working to Trusts the length and breadth of the UK.

I am a people person at heart (though I do have an MBA!), so I really appreciate how the Affina Team Journey helps teams to put in place the nuts-and-bolts that stop people falling out with each other. If you get the structure, purpose, expectations and roles sorted, then everyone can flourish.

Outside OD, I’m proud to be chair of WATCH (Women and the Church), campaigning to change the law to allow women to be bishops. In South Africa, I’ve helped to develop leadership skills amongst clergy working tirelessly to support those affected by HIV/AIDS. Singing and bird-watching are my relaxations.


At a glance:
MA Oxon; MSc London; MBA Open University; Chartered MCIPD; Coach, Management Futures (accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council); Advanced Mentoring and Coaching with Global Resonance; Myers- Briggs accredited.

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